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  • District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862
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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862

    Historians discussed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862. The act freed about 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital and compensated owners up to $300 for…

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  • Economics of Slavery
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    Economics of Slavery

    Author Daina Ramey Berry talked about her book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation. This interview was recorded…

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  • Interpreting Slavery at Colonial Williamsburg
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    Interpreting Slavery at Colonial Williamsburg

    Former Colonial Williamsburg interpreters talked about bringing African-American stories to life, and about how they felt compelled to tell their ancestors' stories appropriately. Panelists…

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  • National History Day  Katherine Johnson A Quiet Triumph in a White Mans World
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    National History Day - Katherine Johnson, A Quiet Triumph in a White Man's World

    Cathy Gorn described the National History Day contest. Then, two seventh grade students from Cleveland, Ohio’s, Birchwood School of Hawken presented a 10-minute performance titled, “Katherine Johnson:…

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  • African American History 1619 Through the Civil War
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    African American History, 1619 Through the Civil War

    American History TV visited the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond’s exhibit on 400 years of African American history. Curator Karen Sherry focused on the period between 1619 and…

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  • Slavery and Reconstruction in the West
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    Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

    University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War.…

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    The Tubman Command

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about her book, The Tubman Command: A Novel, in which she recounted Harriet Tubman’s service as a nurse, spy, and cook, for the Union Army during the Civil War.

    564 views
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    Glory in their Spirit

    Former Army transportation specialist Sandra Bolzenius talked about her book, Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II, in which she recalled the…

    596 views
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedication Ceremony
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    Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedication Ceremony

    The Virginia Museum of History and Culture co-hosted a ceremony commemorating the naming of Arthur Ashe Boulevard for the late African American professional tennis player. Guests included…

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  • Voting Rights March in Selma
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    Voting Rights March in Selma

    In March of 1965, civil rights activists and religious leaders marched from Selma to Montgomery to demand African Americans be given the right to vote. National Park Service Guide April Baldwin visited…

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    A Time of Terror

    During the summer of 1930, civil rights activist James Cameron (1914-2006) survived a lynching attempt at the age of 16 in Grant County, Indiana. Later in life, he founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee.…

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  • Omar Ibn Said Collection
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    Omar Ibn Said Collection

    Library of Congress curator Mary-Jane Deeb showed the 1831 autobiography, written in Arabic, of Omar Ibn Said. He was a Muslim scholar from West Africa who was captured, sold into slavery,…

    576 views
  • Civil Rights and Ronald Walters Career
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    Civil Rights and Ronald Walters' Career

    University of Texas at Austin Professor Peniel Joseph taught a class on the life and career of civil rights pioneer Ronald Walters. In 1958, Mr. Walters organized a desegregation sit-in and…

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  • Racial Dynamics in the 1930s
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    Racial Dynamics in the 1930s

    Cornell College professor Catherine Stewart talked about racial dynamics during the 1930s, including the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal-era effort to gather narratives from former…

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  • African Americans and the Union Army
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    African Americans and the Union Army

    Oberlin College Professor Tamika Nunley detailed the reasons behind African Americans joining the Union Army during the Civil War and the important role they played in the war effort once they…

    328 views
  • Printers Row Lit Fest
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    Trailblazer

    Dorothy Butler Gilliam, who in 1961 became the first Washington Post African-American reporter, talked about the hurdles she overcame during her career.

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  • Second Baptist Church and the Underground Railroad
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    Second Baptist Church and the Underground Railroad

    The Second Baptist Church is one of the only remaining structures used as a stop on the Underground Railroad in Detroit. Guide Priscilla Robinson talked about how Second Baptist became a temporary safe haven…

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  • Malcolm Xs Views on Africa
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    Malcolm X's Views on Africa

    American University professor Ibram Kendi taught a class about Malcolm X’s views on Africa. Professor Kendi argued that through the 1960s, Africa had been associated with a lack of…

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  • House Judiciary Subcommittee Examines Case for Slavery Reparations
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    Hearing on Slavery Reparations

    Actor Danny Glover, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and others testified on slavery reparations before a House Judiciary subcommittee. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who…

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  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Viewers commented on the question, “Do you support reparations for slavery?” A House Judiciary subcommittee the previous day held a hearing considered a proposed bill that would form a…

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